Glossy combine brochures have page upon page of great pictures, cutaway drawings and text about performance-enhancing features extolling the virtue of the machines. But are they an accurate description? After checking the specs in the brochures of six-straw walker combines from Case, Claas, Deutz-Fahr, John Deere, Massey Ferguson and New Holland we discovered that what you read is not always what you get.

B which are not there (a 9.9% rochures are powerful marketing tools which use the best quality paper, pictures and graphics to help sell the features of a particular machine. And there’s not much that can touch the combine brochures for sheer style and quality – they aim to persuade buyers that the quality of the literature is reflected in the machine. But the brochures, not surprisingly, emphasise only the advantages. Moreover, they are also not as comprehensive as they first appear.

Although most include sober lists of detailed specifications, we quickly discovered that some specs are wrong and others, which we would think are essential, are simply not even listed. One would also like to think that these detailed specifications are facts able to stand up to any scrutiny. Potential buyers should be able to rely on this information to provide the details needed to make a fair comparison between makes and models. But our test reveals some significant differences between what the brochures would have us believe and our actual measurements

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